Ah spring. There’s so much to love about springtime in our wonderful state. But maybe not so much to love about cicadas.

And they’re coming back this year for part of the state.

According to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Brood VIII of the periodical cicada will emerge in either May or June of 2019 for the northern tip of the panhandle, parts of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

Brooke and Hancock Counties are likely to effected.

Take a look at this map from Magicada.org:20190323_cicadas_map

But are they harmful?

Nope. You might get annoyed by the sound, or grossed out by their shells, but the simple is that they’re harmless. The Wheeling Intelligencer talked to somebody really smart in Pittsburgh:

“They don’t really do much, and they’re not helpful,” according to Bob Davidson, the collection manager for invertebrate zoology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. “But they don’t carry disease and they’re not going to destroy crops.”

But locusts destroyed crops in Egypt.

Well first of all this isn’t Egypt and these aren’t locusts. It’s an important distinction—the migratory locusts in the Bible are a certain type of grasshopper. The Department of Agriculture says that when colonial settlers first experienced a brood of cicadas emerging from the ground they made the false connection with locusts—because cicadas are found only in the Eastern United States. So those early settlers had no idea what was happening.

Where are they headed next?

In 2020, Brood IX will emerge in the southern part of the state, and in 2021, Brood X will descend on the Eastern Panhandle.

For the record: NO, they won’t sting you.

Featured photo via Flickr/Leslie